Valens will be available this weekend at Nationale. I will deliver a batch at some point Friday afternoon. Probably around 3pm. Set your alarms people!
I've been trying to get Valens out there since November. It's inspired by the original Old Spice. Old Old Spice. I haven't smelled it in years but I feel like I remember it. At least, I remember the way it made me feel. It always gave me a warm flush in my chest. It isn't a smell that I associate with any particular person, I just remember smelling it straight from the bottle. I don't recall where. It either belonged to my dad or my grandfather. It was the late 70's/80's so I assume every bathroom of every friend and family member had a bottle of Old Spice on the shelf. I know a few people that say they still wear the deodorant. I've never bothered to see how it smells now. I didn't want to copy the original, I wanted to make something from memory. I don't know if they smell the same but I do get a warm flush in my chest when I smell Valens so that's good enough for me.
Carnation, Geranium, Black Pepper and Cinnamon. Warm and spicy is the only way to say it. Valens will help us get through the last bit of Winter. We still have a ways to go. I have been in Portland for 10 years now but I am originally from the South. February was always the last of the cold weather. Maybe a few weeks in the middle of March but then Spring was in full force. My brain won't let it go. Every time February rolls around I think, "It will be warm soon". It won't. It will rain for the next 4 or 5 months. It's not like I mind the rain, I just anticipate the end of Winter a little too soon. Valens makes me not mind the cold. It's warm like a wool sweater. It makes me glad to bury my face in my collar to warm my nose.